Items Tagged: Optimization
As the virtual infrastructure storms onto the scene, what has been a major stumbling block in the past for operations management is now becoming a crushing blow.
Improving remote office management is one of the key initiatives in practically every IT shop we have talked to in the past eighteen months. The reason is simple: greater than 60% of corporate data is outside the data center and often half of that is in remote locations. Practically all data outside datacenters is poorly managed today.
One of the big themes for 2010 in the land of virtualization is storage optimization for virtual environments, and especially for desktop virtualization projects.
Symantec NetBackup 5000 appliance - end to end capacity optimization for the enterprise
Opinion piece on Symantec's new deduplication appliance the NBU 5000 appliance.
Highly mobile virtual machines, sliding from server to server when demand changes or a failure occurs, test the limits of traditional server management strategies. Add virtual storage and networks and—well, you can see where this is going.
In March, McKinsey published a discussion document, Clearing the Air on Cloud Computing, claiming current cloud services offerings aren’t cost competitive for larger enterprises. I can’t argue the numbers, but the cart might be getting in front of the horse.
What you will learn: It may seem as if data storage technologies are a little stodgy and out of date, but there are plenty of enterprise storage trends emerging at both big storage vendors and smaller upstarts. Solid-state storage, virtualization-optimized storage, capacity optimization and automated storage tiering (AST) have all become more prominent in IT shops lately because of the success users have garnered from their use.
NexGen – Storage Control for the Virtual Data Center
In this Taneja Group Product Profile, we examine the challenges facing the data center architect when dealing with consolidating, ever-denser, next generation workloads. Clearly, the most difficult challenges show up in the storage layer. With this in mind, a new generation of storage array providers are coming to market, aiming to scale and provide more performance, in a denser footprint than ever before. But it takes more than just throwing IO at the problem, and NexGen has a unique approach that is poised to go further than ever before in solving problems around enterprise storage.
The HP Storage Portfolio – Building the Foundation for the Virtualized Infrastructure
Over the past couple of years, HP has executed an impressive number of storage acquisitions, and is systematically innovating around each of three key technologies – HP 3PAR, P4000, and their deduplicating StoreOnce. Perhaps nowhere are the synergies more clear than among the virtual infrastructure. In this Opinion, we’ll turn a critical eye toward these synergies, and render the Taneja Group perspective on whether HP is on the right path.
Selecting Exchange Storage Infrastructure-3 Critical Questions for the Selection of Microsoft..(IBM)
SELECTING EXCHANGE STORAGE INFRASTRUCTURE - 3 Critical Questions for the Selection of Microsoft Exchange Storage Infrastructure
Building ideal Microsoft Exchange storage infrastructures has always been an exercise in uncertainty and complexity. Uncertainty in terms of unknown future growth in both capacity and performance demands, and complexity because Microsoft Exchange seems to blossom in storage demanding features and capabilities with each new release. Worse yet, Microsoft itself can sometimes exacerbate the situation, by seemingly injecting Exchange with more storage features and speaking in veiled terms about the usefulness of external storage versus direct attached storage. To be certain, the demands from Exchange mandate something better than direct attached disk (DAS or DAD). In fact, Exchange demands more than run of the mill networked storage (NAS or SAN). In this solution profile, we’ll examine the fundamental pressures found in Exchange environments, and take a look at why it takes more than just capacity, and more than just performance.
Riverbed Optimization for the Cloud – Weaving together the connectivity behind the hybrid cloud
There’s little doubt today that the concept of cloud is an irresistible force that is altering the landscape upon which IT systems are built and integrated. The fact is, the cloud is already here in data centers today, as the footprint of IT has rapidly changed and is quickly becoming a mix of services drawn from both public and private clouds. Whether it is by a small degree, or a large degree, the potential of using many of this first generation of Internet-scattered, public cloud services has opportunistically drawn in many users, even within the most stoic and unchangeable of institutions. In this Solution Brief, we’ll examine how one vendor – Riverbed – is turning their technology to the integration of these cloud services with the traditional infrastructure; an area where they are particularly enabled to deliver with their rich history of optimizing connectivity and capabilities across systems scattered around the globe.
AMI StorTrends already optimizes iSCSI primary storage for high performance over the LAN. Their iTX Data Storage Software optimizes data for fast transport over the WAN as well.
As a long-time capacity planner, show me a non-linear curve with a real model behind it I'll tend to bite. Predictive analysis alone would have been enough to get my attention, but VMTurbo also talks about optimizing IT from an economics perspective...
Better Together: Optimizing VMware vSphere Deployments with Dell's EqualLogic Integration Tools
In our view, VMware-based virtual server environments and the storage platforms that support them have evolved from the rapid growth phase of the last decade into a critical optimization phase. The drive so far had been cost containment. But now vSphere platform and the surrounding ecosystem have matured to the point where virtualization actually improves resiliency and agility. Therefore the organizations are starting to virtualize critical applications, desktops and even build flexible cloud environments.
This translates to an increasing demand for virtual server and storage solutions that are more tightly integrated with one another, deliver higher performance with greater resiliency, and are easier to provision, optimize, and protect. Storage today must compliment virtualization—not complicate it. VMware customers should take advantage of this transition phase to take stock of their virtualized assets—both server and storage—and identify any storage-related performance issues, single points of failure, and redundant tools and processes. With this knowledge in hand, we recommend investigating VMware’s latest platform release, vSphere 5.0, and the storage and data protection features that have been added or enhanced.
In this Brief, we call out some storage-related highlights of vSphere 5.0, and then take a close look at how they have been enhanced and packaged by Dell into the EqualLogic PS Series storage solution. We’ll show how Dell and VMware have combined forces to deliver an enterprise-class virtual server and storage environment that is highly optimized and directly addresses the performance, availabil-ity, data protection and complexity challenges common in today’s business-critical virtualized data centers.
Dell has made this paper available for free download: http://dell.to/QxughV
Optimizing Performance Across Systems and Storage: Best Practices with TeamQuest
In this paper, we’ll briefly review the challenges to assuring good performance in today’s competitive IT environment, and discuss what it takes to overcome these challenges to deploy appropriate end-to-end infrastructure and operationally deliver high-performance service levels. We’ll then introduce TeamQuest, a long-time leading vendor in IT Service Optimization who has recently expanded their world-class performance and capacity management capabilities with deep storage domain coverage. This new solution is unique in both its non-linear predictive modeling leveraged to produce application-specific performance KPIs and its comprehensive span of visibility and management that extends from applications all the way down into SAN storage systems. Ultimately, we’ll see how TeamQuest empowers IT to take full advantage of agility and efficiency solutions like infrastructure virtualization, even for the most performance-sensitive and storage-intensive applications.
The recent introduction of solid-state storage has caused enterprises to rethink their overall storage strategy. In this recorded webinar, discover how you can take advantage of new business value as data centers evolve and modernize with revolutionary technologies such as Symantec’s SmartIO and Flexible Storage Sharing capabilities in Storage Foundation 6.1.
View this recording and hear Taneja Group Senior Analyst, Jeff Boles and Symantec Product Manager, Ryan Jancaitis discuss:
Application performance challenges in the enterprise data center
Emerging technologies for application performance acceleration
The hazards of application performance acceleration, and how to avoid them
- Premiered: 03/10/14
- Location: OnDemand
- Speaker(s): Jeff Boles, Taneja Group; Ryan Jancaitis, Symantec
- Sponsor(s): Symantec
Load DynamiX Simplifies Storage Performance Workload Modeling to Accelerate Flash and Hybrid Storage
Load DynamiX, the leader in storage infrastructure performance validation, today announced its latest storage workload modeling products that enable enterprise storage architects and engineers accelerate deployment of solid state technologies, validate performance, and optimize storage budgets.
When database performance takes a turn for the worse, IT can play the hero. There are some new ways for IT pros to tackle slowdown problems. However, one question must be addressed first: Why is it up to IT?
- Premiered: 04/17/14
- Author: Mike Matchett
- Published: Tech Target: Search Data Center
Backup vendors increasingly see file sync-and-share as a good fit for their endpoint backup software.
What Admins Choose For Performance Management: Galileo's Cross-Domain Insight Served via Cloud
Every large IT shop has a long shelf of performance management solutions ranging from big platform bundles bought from legacy vendors, through general purpose log aggregators and event consoles, to a host of device-specific element managers. Despite the invested costs of acquiring, installing, supporting, and learning these often complex tools, only a few of them are in active daily use. Most are used only reactively and many just gather dust for a number of reasons. But, if only because of the ongoing costs of keeping management tools current, it’s only the solutions that get used that are worth having.
When it comes to picking which tool to use day-to-day, it’s not the theory of what it could do, it’s the actual value of what it does for the busy admin trying to focus on the tasks at-hand. And among the myriad of things an admin is responsible for, assuring performance requires the most management solution support. Performance related tasks include checking on the health of resources that the admin is responsible for, improving utilization, finding lurking or trending issues to attend to in order to head off disastrous problems later, working with other IT folks to diagnose and isolate service impacting issues, planning new activities, and communicating relevant insight to others – in IT, the broader business, and even to external stakeholders.
Admins responsible for infrastructure, when faced with these tasks, have huge challenges in large, heterogeneous, complex environments. While vendor-specific device and element managers drill into each piece of equipment, they help mostly with easily identifiable component failure. Both daily operational status and difficult infrastructure challenges involve looking across so-called IT domains (i.e. servers and storage) for thorny performance impacting trends or problems. The issue with larger platform tools is that they require a significant amount of installation, training, ongoing tool support, and data management that all detract from the time an admin can actually spend on primary responsibilities.
There is room for a new style of system management that is agile, insightful and empowering, and we think Galileo presents just such a compelling new approach. In this report we’ll explore some of the IT admin’s common performance challenges and then examine how Galileo Performance Explorer with its cloud-hosted collection and analysis helps conquer them. We’ll look at how Performance Explorer crosses IT domains to increase insight, easily implements and scales, fosters communication, and focuses on and enables the infrastructure admin to achieve daily operational excellence. We’ll also present a couple of real customer interviews in which, despite sunk costs in other solutions, adding Galileo to the data center quickly improved IT utilization, capacity planning, and the service levels delivered back to the business.